Re: [Rd] dos-style line endings in .Rbuildignore result in files not being excluded

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:59:05 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 14 Oct 2008, Nathan Coulter wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> But to the point: how often do people get DOS-style files on a
>> Unix-alike? You have to work pretty hard to do this, and there comes a
>> point at which complicating R to workaround wrongly encoded files is not
>> worth the trouble. Let's see if anyone else reports having done this.

> In my experience, this is a common occurrence. Granted, foreign line
> delimiters are less common in a configuration file like .Rbuildignore, but
> they
> have been the culprit more than once in package problems I have encountered.
> think functionality like Python's universal newlines would be a big win for
> R.

But R *does* have 'universal newlines' on its connections, and has for many years.

We are talking about a Perl script here, not R.

> One of the big draws in a programming language like Python is its claim to
> being portable, and universal newlines are a critical part of that
> functionality. Mac-style newline delimiters are surfacing more often these
> days as well, and the best place to sort this all out would be in the
> built-in
> file manipulation functions.
> --
> Nathan Coulter
> Computer Programmer

Brian D. Ripley,        
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